Day after announcing night curfew till Jan 2, Karnataka govt withdraws order

Day after announcing night curfew till Jan 2, Karnataka govt withdraws order

A day after announcing night curfew in the state from December 24 to January 2, the Karnataka government took a u-turn and withdrew its orders on Thursday.

In a fresh statement issued on Thursday, the Karnataka government said, "After receiving feedback from the public that a night curfew is not needed and after discussing the decision with senior officials, it was decided to withdraw the night curfew."

"The public should prevent the spread of the virus by self-imposing regulations, wearing masks, maintaining distance, avoiding unnecessary travel, and maintaining strict adherence to government-imposed Covid-19 control rules," the statement issued by the Karnataka government read.

The Karnataka government on Wednesday announced night curfew from 11 pm to 5 is in the state till January 2. The decision was taken following recommendations from the state's Covid-19 technical advisory committee on account of Christmas and New Year celebrations.

"In view of the new stain of the Covid-19 virus and as per the advice of the central government and the Technical Advisory Committee, it is decided to impose night curfew from today till January 2 between 10 pm and 6 am. This night's curfew will be for nine days. Regular life will continue during the day," Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had said while announcing the night curfew.

Though night curfew has been withdrawn, restrictions on Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations will continue to be in place.

According to orders issued on Wednesday, pubs and bars can remain open on Christmas and New Year's Eve, but DJ parties in nightclubs are barred. The government has said that Covid-19 safety measures will be strictly enforced during Christmas and New Year's Eve in the city. These restrictions will continue to remain in place.